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The Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill Local Nature Reserve

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Address: 69 Braid Road, Edinburgh EH10 6JF, Scotland
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Better view than from Arthur's seat

Fairly gentle climb compared to Arthur's seat - but overall a better view - because it includes Arthur's seat. Nice oasis only half an hour's walk from the city centre, and much... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 January 2017
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

Fairly gentle climb compared to Arthur's seat - but overall a better view - because it includes Arthur's seat. Nice oasis only half an hour's walk from the city centre, and much less busy than the other hill!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Blackford Hill isn't one of the most popular tourist places, but is fantastic. Great views of the whole city, the Castle, Arthur's Seat, out to the Firth of Forth.And you have the Pentland Hills behind you. It's a brisk walk up and down, and then you can walk through the University quarter back into the city centre. (Or just get... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

This is a great place to spend an afternoon. There are lots of different paths winding through the trees. You can keep to low level routes or climb Blackford hill up to the Observatory and go over to Blackford pond. Very popular with dog walkers and families. Lots of shallow areas of river for children to guddle and dogs to... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Many people in Edinburgh are unaware of this glen with the Braid Burn running through a steep glacial valley for about half a mile to the south side of Blackford Hill--it is a truly tranquil and magical place although popular with local dog walkers and joggers. Take a 41 bus from Princes Street at the bottom of the Mound and... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Most visitors don't even know it's there! It's a peaceful and hidden nature reserve in the south side of Edinburgh where you can walk, cycle, run, picnic, or just relax. There's lots of wildlife. If you're lucky you'll see many bird species, foxes and deer. Take in the country air, and recharge your batteries. That's what the locals do.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Unlike Edinburgh's more prominent green spaces (Athur's seat/Holyrood Park, Meadows) the Hermitage and Blackford/Braid Hills area is one largely known by locals. The woods are great for walking around in, there is the river to splash about in and two hills to climb. On the north side of Blackford hill is an old quarry where there is both scrambling and... More 

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Thank AnnaCM
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

A lovely place to go alone, with friends, or family, the hill and nature reserve is covered with old woods, gorse, and wild raspberries, complete with a meadow, and home to Braid Burn, a large stream of clear water running between the trees and wild garlic, perfect for paddling and, for those that wanted a drier experience, little bridges and... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

What I love particularly about this nature reserve is that you can go hill walking (with various levels of difficulty) or walk along a body of water, or walk in the forest, all minutes from each other. Also, I love to see the various types of dogs that frequent the reserve. It's a gorgeous area, accessible easily by bus from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

First off, if you want a great view of the city come here instead of Arthurs Seat. Its less crowded, more shady and picturesque, and more fun trails to hike. You also get a great view of Arthurs Seat and the castle. Bring your dog and a pick nick and enjoy some quiet beauty.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

My wife and I like walking. We are staying with my wife's daughter and family, and they realise we like walking. So they took us to the Hermitage of Braid walk. It was grey, overcast, wet, windy, but - beautiful walks under canopies of trees, beside water, and eventually overlooking the city. If it had been Lear, we could have... More 

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